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Prosecutor says man pulled gun on officers before shootout

July 28, 2018 GMT

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Two Cape Cod police officers who were shot while responding to a disturbance had encountered a man who was agitated and pulled a gun on them, authorities said on Saturday.

Falmouth police Officers Donald DeMiranda and Ryan Moore were wounded during a shootout with 21-year-old Malik Antonio Koval on Friday evening, officials said.

The Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said DeMiranda was shot in the chest and shoulder area with two rounds.

DeMiranda was hospitalized in good condition. Moore, who was struck in the neck area and suffered a graze wound, was treated at a hospital and was released.


The officers were called around 5:30 p.m. Friday when neighbors in Falmouth complained that Koval was breaking bottles, throwing trash into the middle of the street and yelling at a woman in an SUV. O’Keefe said Koval pulled a gun on the officers.

Koval was shot multiple times and was in stable condition at a Boston hospital.

He will face several criminal charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, prosecutors said. He couldn’t be reached for comment while hospitalized, and his attorney had not been identified through electronic court records.

Two other people, Kimberly Koval and Marcus Maseda, were accused of interfering with the officers and were arrested. They couldn’t be reached for comment on Saturday, and their attorneys hadn’t been identified.

It was unclear whether the Kovals are related.

Earlier this month, Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna was shot and killed while investigating a car crash. Yarmouth Sgt. Sean Gannon was killed in April while serving a warrant.


This story has been corrected to show the officer’s surname is DeMiranda, not Demiranda.